David Finlayson The Pepper Pot 2019
89 points Tim Atkin
David is a huge fan of the Rhone. Here he wanted to create his interpretation of a southern Rhone style blend where the fruit and tannins are at the forefront of the wine, and the wood is barely noticeable.
The Pepper Pot is labelled as “Coastal” and is a blend of fruit from both Paarl and Stellenbosch – roughly 20/80 split. Paarl brings opulence and darker fruits, while Stellenbosch brings redder fruit and a touch of savory, spiciness. The image on the label is a traditional ethnic cast iron cooking pot – common in most African households. Given that most of the continent of Africa cooks over an open flame, requiring that all meal components be blended in the same pot – ethnic African cuisine tends to be savory and sometimes spicy. Using Rhone varietals in this blend, helps to pay homage to the cuisine of Africa as well.